[Beowulf] [External] RIP CentOS 8 [EXT]

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Dec 8 22:00:58 UTC 2020

Yup.  FAI was a very nice tool for automating large sale Debian and Ubuntu installs.  Much better (in my personal experience) than trying to use something like Satellite.


On 8 Dec 2020, at 21:57, Joe Landman <joe.landman at gmail.com<mailto:joe.landman at gmail.com>> wrote:

I've built clusters with many of these: Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, SUSE, etc.  I got the least pain using Debian, while SUSE was the hardest, though RHEL was right behind it.

On 12/8/20 4:55 PM, Tim Cutts wrote:

We did use Debian at Sanger for several years.  The main reason for switching away from it (I’m talking about 2008 here) was a desire to have a common OS across desktops and servers.  Debian’s extremely purist stance on open source device drivers made it a pain on desktops and laptops, because it just didn’t work with most of the latest hardware as a result.  So we used Ubuntu instead, which allowed closed source drivers.

I thought of Ubuntu, at the time, as “Debian with added pragmatism”


On 8 Dec 2020, at 21:50, Jörg Saßmannshausen <sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net><mailto:sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net> wrote:

Dear all,

what I never understood is: why are people not using Debian?

I done some cluster installation (up to 100 or so nodes) with Debian, more or
less out of the box, and I did not have any issue with it. I admit, I might
have missed out something I don't know about, the famous unkown-unkowns, but
by enlarge the clusters were running rock solid with no unusual problem.
I did not use Lustre or GPFS etc. on it, I only played around a bit with BeeFS
and some GlusterFS in a small scale.

Just wondering, as people mentioned Ubuntu.

All the best from a dark London


Am Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2020, 21:12:02 GMT schrieb Christopher Samuel:

On 12/8/20 1:06 pm, Prentice Bisbal via Beowulf wrote:

I wouldn't be surprised if this causes Scientific Linux to come back
into existence.

It sounds like Greg K is already talking about CentOS-NG (via the ACM
SIGHPC syspro Slack):


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